Feb 1 2012
Victor Cruz, according to New York Giant fans, is the best thing since white bread (I say wheat bread). But if it weren’t for a certain #FATTY who’s had his fair share of white bread, Cruz would be salsa-ing for a different New York team. Yeah, the team you all LOVE to hate….the New York Jets.
According to the Star-Ledger, Cruz was almost waived by the Giants back in September 2010. Actually, Mike Garafolo of the Ledger, says for a few minutes he was waived with the hope he’d go unclaimed and land on the Giants’ practice squad. But a few of the higher-ups in the organization reversed the decision and decided to place Cruz on the G-Men’s active roster for opening day.
“He was saved by some upper-echelon Giants front-office people,” senior vice president of player evaluation Chris Mara said. “I’ll put it that way.”
“It’s no big secret he was on the bubble both years,” Mara said. “That happens a lot. Look at (James) Harrison from Pittsburgh. He got cut (four) times.”
“He wouldn’t have made it to the practice squad,” Mara said, indicating a team would’ve claimed Cruz. “I mean, was it a matter of him maybe playing in a Jet uniform?”
Or in any uniform, for that matter [other voice]?
“No,” Mara interjected to emphasize his point. “I said in a Jet uniform.” [Star Ledger]
PAUSE THAT FOR A SECOND. You mean to tell me someone in the Giants organization is worried about the Jets?…NOOO.
If you remember, Victor Cruz went OFF during the Jet/Giant preseason game in 2010, for 6 receptions 145 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jets head coach Rex Ryan certainly took notice. After that game, Rex shook hands with Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Victor Cruz’s name came up.
“I don’t know who number 3 is, but holy shit”- Rex Ryan
Following that preseason, the Giants had some tough decisions to make at final cuts. They cut veteran receiver Derek Hagan, and decided to hang on to Cruz. The Giants say they would’ve preferred to stash Cruz on the practice squad. But his three-touchdown performance against the Jets, and the fact that Tommy C KNEW Rex was all over Cruz, they knew what the right move would be. Hang on to this MO-FO.
“I hope they cut him,” Rex said “I know one team that would be ready to sign him, and that’d be us.” -Rex Ryan
That decision to keep Cruz is one of the reasons the Giants are in Indianapolis this week, getting ready to play their second Super Bowl in four seasons. So in essence, Giants fans….you ALL love to rip big-mouth Rex for running his yap ALL the time, but had he been different, ya know less-talky….Victor Cruz could be stashed as a 4th stringer on the Jets roster, instead of leading your team to the Super Bowl. So instead of ripping the #fatty for talking, you should send him some cupcakes or maybe an edible arrangement. As for Cruz, you should do the same….there is NO chance you would have put up numbers ANYWHERE close to the 82 receptions, 1536 yards (a Giants record) and 9 touchdowns, in the Jets AW-Fence, considering their terrible coordinator and quarterback play. But Cruz has found his niche with the Giants and has turned himself into one of the better receivers in the game. That’s a shame, I’m sure Rex would have replaced those Ice Cream Social parties with the offense; with a chip and salsa day for Cruz. Not the “Natural Tostitos” either…